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>> alexis tsipras says he needs the greek people to support him again. he resigns and calls for general elections. ♪ >> it's good to have your company. i'm david foster, and you are watching al jazeera live from london. they have no place to go, the refugees stranded between greece and macedonia, as the government there calls in the army to control the border. >> i'm ready for anything. and looking forward to a new adventure. >> former u.s. president jimmy carter staying positive as he
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begins radiation treatment for cancer. a and north and south korea exchange fire over a dispute over a loud speaker broadcast. ♪ seven months, yes, just seven months after sweeping to power on an anti austerity platform, the greek prime minister has quit. on tv he said he had represented the country with courage against creditors but that his mandate to lead had expired. mr. tsipras effectively lost his majority after a rebellion lead by hard liners in his own party. they opposed a bailout agreement which he instruct with international lenders. athens received the first bailout on thursday. so what is going to happen next? well, his resignation paves the way for early general elections,
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some reports suggesting september 20th is the date. mr. tsipras has said he will run. until then a caretaker government will be in charge. more from john psaropoulos in athens. >> reporter: it takes the greek prime minister less than a minute to walk to the president's office to resign, but this move has been carefully considered for weeks. just as the first of greece's bailout dollars arrived, the man responsible for negotiating the deal told the greek people that their vote was once again needed. >> translator: the people's mandate has, saused its limit, and now the sovereign people should take the vote. you should decide if we represented the country with the resolve and courage which the difficult negotiation required. >> reporter: whilst he came to power, he has now accepted the conditions, a you turn too far for many in the ruling party stable. he is now the victim of a rebellion in his own party over
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the tough new measures worth more than $15 billion over three years. further pain full cuts, and far-reaching reforms angered many in his party. the rebels have announced that they will now formally split and form a new anti-bailout movement. >> we have to rely on the votes of the opposition to get this bailout deal through. he needs to seek freshman date if he wants to go on. he is trying to portray himself as the guy who got the best deal possible for greece. he says no one else could have gotten a better deal. and he is looking to the future are optimism. >> reporter: he has decided to go straight to the nation in an attempt to silence his rebels and renew his mandate, and it could work. he has played the election rule book devastatingly well.
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he advanced his party's share by 20 points. that help him take the party he inhair ed to power. a familiar political shrewdness is at work now. he is still popular, and he'll be asking the greek people to reelect him. he will also be giving his back benches minimal time to organize, and his message to the nation suggests he wants a strengthened majority to finesse the effects of austerity and stand up to his creditors more effectively than he did this summer. a ferry which was carrying more than 2,000 syrian refugees has docked in the greek port city. it left the island of kos on wednesday and stopped off at a number of other greek e eye -- islands on the way.
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greece has been a first destination for immigrants coming from turkey. jonah hull is on kos. >> reporter: the sea front in kos at the height of the holiday season as become a refugee camp. tourists might once have lingered here for the view. they don't anymore. outside the police station frustration rises by the day, those with more obvious claims to asylum like syrians fleeing civil war are given priority and processed fairly quickly. others fend for themselves. >> thank you! thank you! >> i want you to be quiet! >> reporter: international agencies are trying to help speed up a process that is grindingly slow, but they say they are getting little help from the local authorities. >> we have offered our support. we can provide tents.
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we can provide services, but they -- >> reporter: how quickly? >> we can provide it very quickly, but we need them to provide us a site where we can put the tents. >> reporter: so the greeks are dragging their feats. >> we haven't seen a positive rely yet. >> reporter: this is what passes for formal accommodation. >> contagious diseases, infectious diseases, diseases coming from their countries. we have had malaria cases, some typhoids, k tb's -- >> reporter: could the authorities be doing more, do you think? >> they could help a little bit more. a little bit more. >> reporter: how long have you been here? >> 20 days. five days, 15 days, 20 days. >> reporter: in that time have you had any help, any support? >> no, everything is very bad now here. >> reporter: where do you want
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to go? >> i want to go to germany. >> reporter: germany? >> yes. >> reporter: you? >> germany. >> reporter: there was a day wh multinationals gathered around this pool. these days they come from countries like mali, afghanistan, pakistan. the -- restaurateurs complain they have driven business away. the tourists meanwhile walk on in search of a place to eat with a better view. jonah hull, al jazeera. kos. some of those refugees then move on to macedonia. the government there has called in the army which has left about a thousand people stranded in no
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man's land between the two countries. british police are to be deployed in the french port calais. the idea is to strengthen security there. the two countries made a deal on this, because of thousands of people living in makeshift camps in cakali. britain says many are economic migrants who want to enter the country illegal i will. britain's foreign minister will formally reopen the britain embassy in iran. and the iranian embassy will be reopened at the same time. his trip to iran follows similar visits by other european diplomats. now to korea, tensions
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rising on that peninsula after the south fired artillery shells across the border into north korea. this was in response to a rocket attack from the north. relations between the two countries have historically been marred by distrust, and the recent events have stoked all of this. from the south korean capitol, harry fawcett reports. >> reporter: for 11 days now, south korea has been using giant speaker arrays to send propaganda messages across the border to the north. on thursday seoul said north korea sent in live fire. the south's military fired back with dozens of rounds of artillery around the same time as it received a message from north korea threatening further military action if the speakers weren't taken down been 48 hours. >> translator: our military immediately raised an alert status to the highest level.
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we're also maintaining our military readiness to respond if there is any further provocation. rrm south korea's president was briefed at a meeting of the national security council. she instructed troops to maintain readiness, and responded sternly to north korean provocation. the late estst -- us ka lags has roots in this moment. two south korean soldiers lost limbs in what seoul said was a north korean attack. south korea has restarting propaganda broadcasts was just phase one of the retaliation. >> translator: the resumption of the broadcasting is a direction of declaring war. >> reporter: there had been some hope that this year could have provided an opportunity for a warming of relations. instead hostilities have heated. in 2010 south korea lost 46 sailors when a warship went down
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in what it said was a north korean torpedo attack. later the north killed four south kroooreans in an artrilry attack. an exchange of fire isn't unprecedented. just last october, north korea attempted to shoot down propaganda balloons launched by south korean activists. south korea turned fire. in that time tensions seemed to ramp down pretty quickly. this time with this 48-hour deadline being imposed, they have been ratcheted up. still to come, brazil in the middle of the worst recession in decades, how are businesses there managing to keep their workers in work. and find out what one u.s. chain is doing to tackle a rise in violence at movie screenings. ♪
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♪ global headlines for you. the greek prime minister has formally resigned and called elections for as soon as possible, he says, claiming that his mandate to lead had expired and new polls are needed. macedonia has declared a state of emergency and has called in the army to try to control the number of refugees and migrants coming there. about a thousand are stranded in no man's land between macedonia and greece. tensions are rising in the korean peninsula, the south fired artillery shells into the
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north after a rocket attack from the north. brazil's lower house speaker has now been charged with corruption in connection to a widening scandal of the state run oil company petro bras. he is accused of taking a $5 million bribe on two drilling contracts. he denies it all and says the president's government has framed him. hundreds of supporters of the president are rallying on the streets of brazil. she is under massive pressure. popularity about the lowest it has ever been for an elected president. unemployment is at the highest it has been in five years. inflation is on the increase as well. and this is this corruption scandal. rousseff chairman of the oil
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giant for seven years. she denies any involvement in corruption, but critics do not believe her. hoda abdel hamid is in sal pal low. she is our correspondent to speak, and we have a former president charged in all of this. it seems to be getting a little bit too close to del ma rousseff, perhaps for her comfort. >> reporter: it is getting a bit closer to her. i mean, eduardo is the first sitting politician to be charged in this ever-growing petrobras scandal, which is basically like a soap opera galvanizing this country. he is charged with getting kickbacks in two drill ship contracts related to the state-owned oil giant petrobras,
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$5 million would be the amount of money he received. and then as you said, fernando is the former president of this country, and back in 1992, he had actually resigned just hours before being impeached by congress. he actually fled to europe. well, again, he has been charged -- he has been at the moment charged with corruption. he would have taken about $8 million in some sort of contract with petrobras even though the prosecutor does not detail what are the charges against him. now both of these charges have been put forward to the supreme court. the supreme court will have to ponder over that, and decide whether the two men will be indicted and face trial, so what happens next is very much everyone's guess in this country. eduardo yesterday before the official charge -- charges were put forward to the supreme court, had said defiantly that he will not step down.
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there were leaks in the brazilian media. today so far, he has not spoken, but at the end of the day, if he is indicted, then it will be congress that will decide whether yes or no, he should standing down. where all of that puts rousseff? well, she is in a better position at least inside congress, because eduardo was one of her strongest opponents inside congress calling for her impeachment, even though he was part of the government coalition at least until the beginning of july, and then he got out of there, and lead the campaign against rousseff. >> hoda thank you. police in thailand have now cleared two men who had been suspected in helping in monday's attack in bangkok. one was identified as a tour guide, the other as a chinese
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tourist. authority have now asked interpol to help hunt down this main suspect. he was filmed minutes before the explosion which killed at least 20 people. they believe he is a foreign national and that more than ten -- sorry -- and that more nan ten people may have been involved in planning the attack. turkey's high election board says a new parliamentary election should be held in november, just four months after the last one. in june the ruling party lost its parliamentary majority, and since then the prime minister has been unable to form a coalition. the president has until sunday to ask another party to try to form a government, but he has hinted that he will not do that. houthi shellings killed 23 people in ta'izz. 13 children were among those killed in the attack. pro-government forces are pushing houthi fighters from the
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region. and forces loyal to the exiled president hadi have made significant gains in the city this week. prompting retaliation from the houthis. four bodyguards in yemen were killed in an attack in aden. hashem ahelbarra reports. >> reporter: this is the governor of aden, who survived an assassination attempt. he was the commander of the forces that pushed the houthis out of the sea port city of aden. he runs a divided city. the successionists want aden to become the capitol of a breakaway southern republic. forces loyal to president hadi want the sea port city to become the financial capitol of yemen. one of yemen's most organized
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political parties says yemen should remain united. but the failed assassination attempt is a further sign of a deteriorating security situation across the country. >> it set acetone for security in aden. everybody is scrambling to clean up their act, in the city and establish a police force, but they haven't been successful so far. >> reporter: aden was retaken from the houthis and troops loyal to deposed president saleh. this followed months of air strikes by a saudi-lead coalition. these tanks provided by the united arab emirates played a crucial role in pushing houthi forces from the south, and this is where fighting is taking place. anti-houthi fighters are on the offensive in the central city of ta'izz. they are lead by this man.
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a tribal leader. his fighters have recently captured many areas, and security buildings in ta'izz. the city of ta'izz is a vital supply route for anti-houthi fighters. in their push to recapture the capitol sana'a. and to continue that goal, coalition airplanes continue to pound houthi positions in and around the capitol. and they have struck rebel positions in other cities. aid agencies say the ongoing fighting in yemen has claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians. >> translator: we were inside the building when we heard the sound of an explosion. there is no military base here. no army post. 18 people were killed in the air strikes. >> reporter: the houthis and their allies remain defiant. they say despite losing territory, they still have more
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weapons and fighters to repel any push to retake the capitol. hashem ahelbarra, al jazeera. the head of the u.n. mission in central african republic says there have been no convictions of u.n. peace keepers after allegations of sexual assault. the families of three young women say their children were raped by membered of the contingent. the organization is committed to stamping out misconduct. gunmen in south sudan have killed a journalist in an apparently targeted attack. he is a reporter for the new nation newspaper, and was shot after leaving work on wednesday evening. colleagues say his money and phone were not taken. days earlier the president issued a warning to journalists, telling them that the freedom of press does not mean working against the country. the former u.s. president
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jimmy carter may be in the fight for his life, but he is not shying away from talking about his recent cancer diagnosis. very open and honest press conference. the 90 year old was blunt and sometimes even funny as he reflected on his life and his future. our correspondent patty culhane has this story. >> reporter: jimmy carter has not shied away from criticism since leaving office, visiting countries the u.s. considers friendly, offering strong rebukes of allies. that continued as he briefed the prez on his cancer diagnosis. he said in the time he has left he would like to see peace between israel and palestine. >> right now i think the prospects are more dismal than any time i remember in the last 50 years. the whole process is practically dormant. the government of israel has no desire for a two-state solution, which is the policy of all of thor nations in the world, and
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the united states has practically no influence compared to past years in either israel or palestine. >> reporter: he did say he would like the gsa guinea worm to die before he does. a problem his foundation has had great success combatting. the tiny parasite is being killed off. facing melanoma that spread to his brain, he was serene about his prospects. >> i thought i had a few weeks left. but i was surprisingly at ease. i have had a wonderful life, thousands of friends, and an exciting existence, so i was surprisingly at ease. much more so than my wife was. [ laughter ] >> reporter: he said that is his greatest accomplishment, marrying his wife of 69 years. the one hinge he wished he did
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differently involved the botched attempt of the u.s. hostages in iran. >> i wish i would have sent one more hospital to rescue the hostages in iran, and i would have been reelected, but that may have interfered with the formation of the carter center, and if i had to choose between four more years and the carter center, i would have chose the carter center. >> reporter: he says he will now focus on his own. beginning treatment soon after leaving the stage. saying is not angry or sad, but grateful, and looking forward to this new adventure. security was increased at the u.s. cinemas after a number of gun attacks including one in a movie theater in colorado where 12 people were killed. now a major u.s. chain has said its patrons will be subject to random inspections.
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more from kristen saloomey. >> reporter: a trip to the movie theater is a chance to escape, get lost in a story, but these days there's no escape from gun violence in the united states. the nationwide regal cinema change has become the first to announce random inspections. security issues have become a daily part of our lives in america: earlier in month, in tennessee, a man with a history of mental illness and armed with a pellet gun, hatchet and pepper spray attacked guests. he was shot dead by police who had this response. >> from the events across any nation, you may consider this type of incident regardless of where it happens as a new normal, but you can't stop living your life. >> reporter: two weeks before
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that two women were killed during a screening of the movie train wreck in louisiana, before the gunman shot himself. those attacks happened in the same month that james holmes was sentenced to life in prison for killing 12 and injuring 70 theater goers three years ago. regal operates 570 movie theaters around the country. it acknowledges that searching bags may be an inconvenience, but the ones we spoke to don't seem to mind. >> i think it's a great idea. security is really important these days. really, they have a right to check us. >> i think it's a good idea, mainly because you don't know what is going to happen. it could be in restaurant, a theater. >> yeah, i guess you don't know what people have in there, but it's a probably mostly snacks. >> reporter: more security may not guarantee a happy ending, but for many it's a small price to pay to enjoy a film.
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it was once declared biologically dead, but the u.k.'s river thames is coming back to life. about 3,000 marine ma'amels now live there. and seals are the animals most commonly seen. they are becoming increasingly easy to spot. >> it's fantastic. it has a whole host of sand banks, different levels of water, which is really important for fish to spawn and breed. there will be fish species and others that are bringing in the others. the world's latest space mission is underway. you are watching the rocket carrying high above the earth.
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it has two satellites on board, and they should improve tv services to people in north africa and the mid-ing east. your picture won't get better right now, but stay tuned to al jazeera whatever you do. i'm phil torres. tonight sharks. both people avoid sharks. we're out to meet them. tag them. learn all about this pep. >> sharks don't eat people. >> five days and nights at sea on our especially rigged shark laboratory. exhort research is next. lindsay moran is an ex-c.i.a. operative, and dr. shay is an engineer, and